Interview with Audrey Lavin (’84)

"When I was writing my first murder mystery, then untitled, I asked the Wednesday Writers Workshop for suggestions for a title. I was in favor of Thesis Interruptis." 1. You're an academic, author of Aspects of the Novelist (1995) and numerous journal articles. How did you come to write mysteries as well? I was pleased with...

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Interview with Jeff Morgan (’99)

We’ve probably all found ourselves falling into the abyss while explaining a joke. Comedy is hard. Comic theory is harder." 1. Why does comic poetry make people uncomfortable? If someone says comic poetry to me, I think of something like “jest ‘fore Christmas I’m as good as I kin be!”...

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Interview with Raymond Keen (’63)

  "Killing is bad luck/ Without an audience."--from "Going to Hell"   1. Is Love Poems for Cannibals considered a Collected Poems? In the book, there are named sections with time frames attached—1967 to 1968 or 1974 to 2012. Does the chronology refer to when the poems were written or the timetable...

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Interview with Abdul Jabbar (’69)

" Selections include works by Rumi, Omar Khayyam, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Lu Hsun, Rabindranath Tagore, Saadat Hasan Manto, Muhammad Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Alifa Rifaat, Amrita Pritam, and Waseem Barelvi. " 1. At what point in your 36 years of teaching did you begin to think about writing this textbook?...

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Interview with Mark Irwin

"Art . . . is about perception and generating human feelings. You can teach a person many things, but you cannot teach him or her how to feel." 1. Could you talk about how you incorporate personal experience into your work? I’m thinking of poems like “Landscape with Ball, Then...

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